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Bikers Make 350-mile Trip from Michigan to Deliver Computers to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Memory of Cancer Patient


A group of 20 bikers will make the 6-hour trip to Pittsburgh from Michigan with 20 laptop computers strapped to their motorcycles. The computers are being donated to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The bikers will arrive at the main entrance of the hospital, where one of the motorcycles will be taken into the hospital. There, patients and families will have an opportunity to have their pictures taken on the bike as bikers pass out gift bags to patients and present the computers to the bone marrow transplant/oncology unit and other parts of the hospital.


The computers are being donated to Children’s in memory of Brian Morden, a cancer patient at Children’s who passed away in February 2003. Morden’s family started the Brian Morden Foundation in Brian's honor with the goals of supporting research into Ewing’s Sarcoma, the form of cancer Brian had; providing funding to improve the quality of life for cancer patients at Children’s; and providing scholarships for higher education.

Brian’s father, Fred, organized the donation from Mamon Ride. The group has delivered more than 700 computers to hospitalized children in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. This is the Mamon Ride’s first trip to Pennsylvania. The computers are donated to Mamon by EDS and General Motors Corp.


In April, Children’s received a grant of $65,000 from The Allstate Foundation to renovate the playground to make it safe and appropriate for children of all ages. Of the grant: $50,000 is for construction; $10,000 is for on-going maintenance; and $5,000 is to establish a mentoring program where high school students from Braddock operate summer activities at the playground for younger children in the community.


5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003


Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
3705 Fifth Ave.
Oakland, Pa.

Editor’s Note:

Media interested in covering this event and photo opportunity should arrive at the hospital’s main lobby to be escorted to the event.


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,

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February 19, 2008